I am in Australia and I find beither FMP or Ancestry serve all my needs. I have a
worldwide subscription to both and use the UK site for FMP and the us sute for Ancestry. I
can do exact searches in both databases and fund one will have a scanned image and one
won't. One will have a record or index and the other won't. Ancestry suggests
links to other records or researchers which are not always correct but when they are they
are great. FMP search results vary depending on the latest website upgrade.
As a rule I work with Ancestry FMP FreeBMD Familysearch and my access to British
Newspapers open concurrently. I find it very useful and I think more effectively. As much
as both subscription databases have their peculiarities I think I will stick with both.
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-------- Original message --------From: Adrian Bruce <abruce6155(a)gmail.com> Date:
17/12/17 6:34 am (GMT+08:00) To: SOG Mailing List <sog-uk(a)rootsweb.com> Subject:
Re: [SOG-UK] Ancestry vs Find My Past
"If I then click on "Edit Search" and enter more specific criteria, I find
that Ancestry has "quietly" exited from the 1911 Census database. My edited
search is no longer made just against the 1911 Census but against all of
Ancestry's databases. "
I found something similarly odd very recently when I clicked "Edit
Search" after seeing the results from my first attempt. It wasn't the
1911 census but something else entirely (that I have forgotten!),
where what was intended to be a refinement of a search on one
collection, went off doing a search on a much wider collection.
Haven't yet seen it often enough to understand the behaviour.
Re " If I search for "John" (exact) and "Smith" (exact), why on
is Ancestry's first individual in the list "John William Smith"?"
Different people will have different desires here - I would be most
annoyed if Ancestry ignored "John William Smith"... Especially given
the way middle names flux in and out.
In the end though, I can find little enthusiasm for Ancestry v FMP
debates - if you need Cheshire parish registers, you need FMP. If you
need Lancashire PRs, you need Ancestry. End of. (If you haven't got
back past 1837, then you may have, justifiably, a different view, of
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